|Jon Easter, Author of |
Indy Democrat Blog
The only right-leaning blogger who regularly supports Mayor Ballard is WXNT's radio host, Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. Rumor has long been that Abdul is directly, or indirectly, on the campaign payroll. I don't know if that is true, but it does seem curious that Abdul supports Ballard 100% even though he's pursuing policies as bad or worse than his predecessor Bart Peterson who Abdul had no problem criticizing.
Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana and I were big supporters of Mayor Ballard when he was elected. Over time, we gave up on Ballard as he betrayed his 2007 supporters and the conservative values we thought the retired Marine held. There is nothing Ballard has done that remotely suggests he is a Republican, much less a conservative.
I have always said the people who work for a candidate fall into two categories:
- True Believers - those people who are motivated to work for the candidate because they believe strongly in the issues and believe the candidate support those issues.
- Opportunists - those people who are motivated to work for the candidate because they believe that they might receive some financial reward (such as a government contract or a job) for their work for the candidate.
Most bloggers are drawn to the new media because of their strong belief in the issues, i.e. they fall into the True Believer category. It's only natural that those who believe in conservative values enough to spend hours blogging, express dislike toward a Republican who has consistently betrayed those conservative values.
Whenever I see a Republican blogging in support of Ballard, it is almost always an Opportunist who is benefiting or standing to benefit from the Ballard administration. That is exactly why the author of the Washington Street Politics, the blog started to support Ballard, is anonymous. If people found out the name, they'd know the motivation of the author of the blog is not conservative Republican issues, but opportunism.
Ironically, come November 9, 2011, it will be Republican bloggers blamed for sinking Ballard's re-election. Instead fingers should be pointed to the Opportunists and Profiteers who put politically-naive Ballard on a course which made his reelection impossible.